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Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

Patrice Holloway, "Valerie" on "Josie & the Pussycats" 1948 - 2006

Singer/songwriter Patrice Holloway passed away on October 1, 2006, due to a heart attack. Holloway was the singing voice of Valerie Brown, the tambourine player for the fictional band Josie and the Pussycats, during the first season of their eponymous cartoon. Before her singing role as Valerie, Holloway recorded records for Motown and Capitol Records […]

JustMyShow.com Posts "Peanuts" Director Bill Melendez Podcast (Part 1)

JustMyShow.com has posted part 1 of a podcast/phone call with Bill Melendez, director/producer of many of the most beloved Peanuts animated TV specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. A bonus clip also includes comments from Melendez on performing Snoopy for the cartoons. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

The Trouble With Being Goro Miyazaki

A profile in the New York Times reveals the trials that Goro Miyazaki has endured since the release of Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) (registration required), including critical comments by Earthsea author Ursula K. LeGuin and the inevitable comparisons to his father, renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki.

Image Metrics Promises "Soul Transference" in New CGI Animation Technique

An article in the New York Times spotlights the software from a company called Image Metrics which “lets a computer map an actor’s performance onto any character virtual or human, living or dead” (registration required). The technique promises less restrictive and more accurate digital recreation than the state-of-the-art motion capture used by films like The […]

Head Writer Rob Hoegee Talks "Legion of Superheroes"

Rob Hoegee, series story editor and head writer for the KidsWB’s Legion of Superheroes cartoon, has been interviewed by Comic Book Resources about his duties on the show. Hoegee talks about his background as story editor for Teen Titans and what goes into scripting an episode for the show.

"Thinking Animation" Disney Presentation Available for Download

Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff, authors of Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2-D and CG, have posted a QuickTime movie of an hour-long presentation given on September 26, 2006, at the Disney animation studios. Participants in the presentation include animators and producers Floyd Norman and Richard Taylor, animation historian Jerry Beck, and Jones and […]

VIZ Media Announces New Pokémon DVDs, Manga, and Activity Books

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VIZ Media has announced a flood of new Pokémon material coming to store shelves this holiday season. Top on the list is the Pokémon Season One Boxed Set, containing all 26 episodes of the first season that introduced fans to Ash and Pikachu. The boxed set will be available in November 2006 with a suggested […]

Press Release: VIZ Media Announces a Variety of New Pokémon Materials

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A VARIETY OF NEW POKÉMON ANIMATED SERIES AND MANGA TITLES TO DELIGHT FANS THIS FALL New Releases Make Fun Gift Selections For The 2006 Holiday Season San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, […]

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